12 Days Of Christmas Competition: No. 1 Jo Gordon

On this first day of Christmas, we are giving away a Jo Gordon geometric jacquard shawl, worth £410, to one lucky reader. To enter the competition, please click below.

Jo Gordon’s handcrafted knitwear is a breath of fresh air. Her cheerful signature stripes occasionally make way for a single colour or an intricate fair isle but, plain or patterned, each one is knit in Scotland using yarns that travel just a few miles from where they are spun. 

Jo is adept at giving traditional style a modern edge. She works with some of the oldest mills in Scotland including one of which made the tam o’ shanters seen in the film version of the Railway Children. Jo has used the original machinery to recreate the classic headgear with a pom-pom on top. She has a strong appreciation for good making: “I love things that are made honestly and function well”. 

Jo’s designs use strong colours and shapes to draw in the eye. Each piece is designed by Jo herself, and hand-knitted by her friend Vilma, who also knitted the first piece that Jo ever commissioned, at the age of sixteen. Jo’s father had a much-loved hat that was falling apart, so Jo asked Vilma to reproduce it. The new hat was a complete success and Jo’s father was able to endure the cold Scottish weather. And so a partnership was born.

As well as designing for her own company, Jo has also created one off pieces for international fashion houses Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons and Marnie. 

Today you have the chance to win Jo's Scarlett large geometric jacquard shawl, (260 x 60cm) knitted in Scotland from 100% Lambswool.

To enter the competition, please click below.

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